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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerome K. Jerome Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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Over 100 years since it was first published Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow addresses subjects which are still relevant today - perhaps more so! Being hard up, being in the blues and being in love are just some aspects of the human condition on which Jerome K. Jerome reflects in his unique whimsical fashion. These insights are not given for the benefit of our education however, for as he says in his introduction, This book would not elevate a cow. I cannot consciously recommend it for any useful purpose whatsoever. All I can suggest is, that when you get tired of reading 'the best hundred books' you may take this up for half an hour. It will be a change!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 2/4/2014

    " This is hard to find, but available on Project Gutenburg if you absolutely cant get it anywhere else. Oh how I adore Mr. Jerome!! I came across this book first of all of his by complete accident and how very grateful I am to have discovered him! A turn of the last century humorist with a light heart and wry smile, he is an excellent choice when you want something completely different! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aasem Bakhshi | 1/30/2014

    " I would give it 3.5, i.e., I liked it and loved some parts of it, especially On Being Shy and On Being in the Blues. At times its hilariously true, as in On Being Idle. But in the end, I completey agree with JKJ; this won't elevate a cow and one cannot cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purposes :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kadri | 1/29/2014

    " It's rare to find a book these days that'll make you laugh out loud. This book, however, made me laugh out loud every three pages or so. Do read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arg/machine | 1/16/2014

    " Classic and witty Jerome. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/15/2014

    " When Jerome is at his best (he is not always, but is often enough), he seems second only to Mark Twain in witty and poignant observations on humanity -- starting with himself and reaching out to society in general. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/13/2014

    " Essays -- about almost every conceivable subject -- well thought and well written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Durdles | 12/19/2013

    " I listened to the LibriVox recording of this while jogging and the deadpan delivery by the reader of the biting satire and sparkling wit of JKJ was a perfect accompaniment to a 5 mile run. Although 100 years have elapsed since the thoughts were penned, the sentiments remain fresh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 11/30/2013

    " Loads upon loads of generalized ramblings on random aspects of life and living by Jerome. Should you really characterize them as idle? I think not... Actually I was able to identify with many of his views... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa | 11/20/2013

    " Amusing. That's all I've got. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/3/2013

    " One of my favorite authors for a comic take on the human condition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 10/21/2013

    " "on being in love" "cats and dogs" so funny; best observational humor I've read in a long time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenne | 6/19/2013

    " This is one of those books that can't be read in one sitting. Instead you have to dip into it every now and again and enjoy the witty commentaries on 19th century life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/22/2013

    " Excellent and clever little book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 2/13/2013

    " I read this expecting something lighthearted, entertaining and humorous like Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. Instead I found somewhat depressing musings and sexist commentary. There were a few good bits, but if you come into it expecting a sequel you will be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 12/25/2012

    " This book is funny and touching. The last essay gave me the chills it was so melancholy and perfect in its humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhan13 | 11/13/2012

    " I don't agree with everything he writes but this is a very entertaining book and he is very accurate about some aspects of human nature that are not much discussed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Metodi | 5/5/2012

    " I used this book to build in my mind an idea of what English humor is like :) (turned out most english people don't rly have possess a sense of humor that's anywhere closo to this) A fun book to read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy | 12/20/2011

    " You know how when you read 3 Men in a Boat for the umpteenth time, and you know which maudlin tedious bits to skip? Well if that's you, then give this whole book a miss, because that's pretty much all of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Gordon | 11/21/2010

    " "I like idling when I ought not to be idling; not when it is the only thing I have to do." "

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About the Author
Author Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome K. Jerome (1859–1927), English humorist, novelist, and playwright, was born in Staffordshire and brought up in London. After a series of jobs including clerk, schoolmaster, actor, and journalist, he became joint editor of the Idler in 1892 and launched his own twopenny weekly, To-Day. His magnificently ridiculous Three Men in a Boat (1889) established itself as a humorous classic of the whimsical. His other books include Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886); Three Men on the Bummel (1900); Paul Kelver (1902); the morality play The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1907); and his autobiography, My Life and Times (1926).

About the Narrator

Peter Joyce trained at Rose Bruford College and won the Radio Prize. There followed a catalog of repertory work throughout the United Kingdom including two years at the prestigious Victoria Theatre, Stoke on Trent. His credits include appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the West End and he is currently the director of two companies: Assembled Stories, which records classic literature onto CD, and Past Present Science, for which he travels the world performing his one man shows about Galileo and Newton.